Check out these pictures of artist Ann Hamilton installation of giant swing at the Park Avenue Armory in New York. If I lived in New York, so I would be here right now. That sounds like a strange and wonderful for relieving stress. There are a lot of fluctuations hanging from roof in this place, as well as floating giant curtain that you see there. As the oscillations move, they move curtain. Apparently, there are also radios wrapped in paper bags scattered around. When you pick them up and listen, you can hear people reading.
I want a job doing things like that.
Posted by Stephany Aulenback December 11, 2012 at 17:40 in Art, Bright Ideas, From the Department of Stopping to smell the flowers | PermalinkComments (0) I just discovered this painting Portrait of Madame X by John Singer Sargent on Pinterest, where I pinned on my board called nose. (This is a board dedicated to interesting people with prominent noses and / or interesting. You think I had too much time on my hands.) Want to know the identity of the lady, I searched. Virginie Amélie Gautreau is a Parisian socialite and notorious beauty from New Orleans, and this elegant beautiful painting was his loss – she had to withdraw from the company after it was shown. Sargent and had to leave Paris. Confessions of a Shopaholic Art unrepentant:
So what caused such a scandal with Mrs. X that Sargent could not find commissions and soon had to move to London? According to Mary Alexander was the belt and jewelry. Let me explain. Sargent painted Madame. X in the notorious black dress with straps jewels. She shows her wedding ring showing it against her black satin skirt. She also wears the smallest tiaras, barely there, in the form of a crescent moon: the symbol of Diana, goddess of hunting. In the 1880s, nobody wanted to wear evening dress without jewelry, earrings, bracelets, brooches and necklaces. The fact that Mrs. X has only his wedding ring and a tiara on, suggests that it is at home from a party and took off his outer and jewelry. The wedding ring is important, however, intentionally. When the original Sargent showed the work in 1884, right strap Ms. X was painted so that it fell from her shoulders, baring his chest suggestively. As Ms. Alexander noted, while these standards change completely within a few years, in 1884, the only contemporary works depicting women in such states of undress, Toulouse Lautrec paintings and drawings of prostitutes. Mrs. X display in such a state missed the opportunity to be expected at a portrait of society. Simple as that, says Alexander.
Through letters between Mrs. X and Sargent, Ms. Alexander has shown that the guardian initially pleased with the portrait, but found the process tedious to ask for it, so we know his first reaction to the work was not the reason for his infamy. Ms. Alexander said that because it showed the matron Parisian society in a state of nudity and posed as Diana the Huntress, with her haughty, aristocratic bearing, he lacked the dignity that Parisians expected celebrity portraits. Although there is a long tradition in the French portrait portray aristocrats as classic heroes or goddesses, it was not Mrs. X as a goddess. His crown and his reference to Diana referring to it as a huntress / seductress, not the incarnation of a goddess classic, and the strap fell off her shoulder and arm supporting enhanced potency of the image, but which seemed acceptable even for child care until the picture was exhibited at the Salon of 1884.